You are loved – Eph. 3:18
You are adopted as God’s child – Eph. 1:5
You are God’s workmanship – Eph. 2:10
You are set free – John 8:32
You are more than a conqueror – Rom. 8:37
You are no longer condemned – Rom. 8:1, 2
You are a new creation – 2 Cor. 5:17
Websites that help you trace your ancestry help you to look up birth certificates and other records to piece together where your ancestors were born, who they married and how they lived. Although learning about your family history is great, it doesn’t provide you with any clues to your real identity.
I am not minimising the fact that your past has a tremendous impact on you, but your ancestry and your past do not determine who you can become. Just because you had a dysfunctional upbringing, you are not destined to live out dysfunction.
You can overcome the past and the key lies in discovering your true identity. To find it, look at the life Jesus lived while on the planet. You may be thinking, “What does that have to do with my identity?” Well, you were made in the likeness of God, right? So in understanding more about him, you get a true understanding of who you are.
By finding out precisely who God is and what Jesus is like, you really come to know whose image you were made in. In doing so, you begin the journey of discovering who you are.
Today you could change your whole life by deciding to really get to know Jesus. You can find out your true identity, which is not bound to the limitations of your ancestry.
This devotional was brought to you from Ps. Leon Fontaine.